Jesus: Pure and Simple

When you are overwhelmed with your circumstances, whether it be your job, life as a parent, or just a feeling of not knowing what God wants from you, is it just about getting back to Jesus? Could it honestly be just that simple? According to Wayne Cordeiro‘s new book Jesus Pure and Simple, yes it is. Here is what Bethany House says about Pastor Cordeiro’s new book:

Do you ever feel like you’re being pulled in a million directions? Like you’ re overwhelmed with various programs and ministries, or with studying the steps to good parenting or the best ways to share Jesus with your neighbors? These are all good things, but even good things can sometimes take us away from our number one responsibility–knowing Jesus better. 

Wayne Cordeiro shares how to focus on the One who matters most and take part in the joy and fulfillment that He brings. But he also teaches how this leads to selflessness, a true love for others, and effective ministry. It will, in fact, change how you see the world around you. 

When you focus on Christ, everything else falls into place. Your relationships. Your job. Your church. Your mission. It’s all placed in the hands of Jesus, pure and simple.
 

Here’s something refreshing: a pure and simple devotion to Christ. Sounds wonderfully inviting, doesn’t it?
 
And the good news is that it’s not about doing more or doing less. Because God created you in His image, the more you become like Jesus, the more you become the person you were created to be. It is in Him that you actually find fulfillment, not in religious activities (as good as they may be) or in serene settings that give you a needed respite from your harried workplace. He is not the rest from our labors. He is the rest in our labors.
 

“A promise remains of entering His rest” (Hebrews 4:1). It’s the rest of a child close to his mother. It’s the rest that comes when we are near the one we love. It’s the rest we find when we are walking through unfamiliar surroundings with a guide who knows the way.

The closer you get to Jesus, the more at home you will feel in this journey. God designed it that way. –Wayne Cordeiro
When I first read this, I laughed a little. Who doesn’t know what it is like to be pulled in a million different directions these days. Something is always competing for our attention. As a mom of three (and a new homeschooling mom to boot) being pulled in all directions in nothing new for me. So could getting back to what Jesus is all about really be an answer to my chaos? We will get back to that in a bit.
Pastor Cordeiro’s book from the beginning kept my attention.  The everyday examples he used to make his arguments were ones I could relate to. One of my favorite quotes  from the book was:
 
” In the end, the church will not be defined so much by what we separated ourselves from, but by that to which we have given ourselves. Jesus gave His life to reaching lost people for eternity’s sake. 
When I stand before the throne of God, He won’t ask me, ‘How many friends did you have on Facebook?” or “How many hits did you get on your website?”
I personally think He will ask, “How many did you bring with you?” 
In my opinion that is something we all need to remember. Jesus had followers and enemies. He performed miracles on people and aided in their salvation. How did he, by being with the people. By being in the world and not of it.  It is not an easy task to undertake but a worthy one.
Pastor Cordeiro touches on many more subjects in his book. At one point he says that one needs to pull back from the activities that they do if those activities pull you away from Jesus. Later he goes on to say that if you choose to continue with those activities let them be done with humility and without recognition.  I believe that is so important. It doesn’t matter if people see you do it, God does.
In the end this was a wonderfully written book that not only had humor but some transparency as well. Hearing another’s story and their walk with Christ can be encouraging. So to answer the question from before, yes Jesus is the answer to my chaos. He won’t magically change my circumstances just because they are hard (lets be honest it might be a little boring if everything was perfect :) ) but he does say that he will give us peace. Getting back to where it began, and in God’s word can be  answers to prayer. Yes it sometimes is that pure and simple.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion. No other goods were exchanged.
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